A word explosion and little Miss Sassy

dictionaryMelanie has recently been experiencing a vast increase in her vocabulary. We like to call it a “word explosion.” For the past month we have been noticing either new words or words she knew becoming more clear. The last month has seen a big increase. It’s very encouraging!

Just the other day, as I was preparing her for nap time, she flat out told me “no pj’s.” Normally I would dismiss such a clearly understandable phrase as coincidental gibberish but given her recent word explosion and the fact she made this pronouncement as I was about to have her put on her PJs I’m pretty certain it was intentional. It somewhat startled me – in a good way, of course! (more…)

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Decoding the Mystery Cry

Any parent of a child that is not yet speaking – whether that child is special needs or not – has encountered the “mystery crying.” This phenomenon happens when a child starts to cry and yet you have no idea why. And not just a “tired” cry or a “mad” cry – it’s the “something-is-actually-wrong-or-hurt” type of cry.

Melanie did it twice this morning. (more…)

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“Don’t worry…”

Here’s a classic example of big sister teaching little sister bad habits:

Michaela favorite phrase as of late has been “don’t worry.” Whenever we would ask her about something or tell her to stop doing something, her first response is “don’t worry” and then she proceeds to make up an excuse as to why her parents should not concern themselves with whatever she is — or is not — doing. (more…)

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Finally…some good therapists

First Steps (Early Intervention) is a wonderful state system. Like many state systems there are many jumps and leaps you have to figure out along the way. Do not hesitate to contact your state early intervention if you are concerned about your child development, because it will take several months, if your child qualifies, before they start to receive the therapy services.

When Michaela was in First Steps she had a physical, occupational, developmental and speech therapy. It was hard to keep track of all the therapist. It was nice and convenient that all the therapist would meet with Michaela at the (more…)

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